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Top food blogger Wiens visits Fiji

Famous food blogger, Mark Wiens is currently in Fiji filming local cuisines and creating more awareness about Fijian delicacies.

The 37-year-old who is born to an American father and a Chinese-Hawaiian mother has been blogging under the title Migrationology since 2009 earns most of his living by travelling the world filming food videos, which he shares with 9.7 million YouTube subscribers.

He is flown into the country by Fiji Airways and his production partners are Tourism Fiji, Captain Cook Cruises Fiji, Tewaka and Mai TV.

Wiens visited Zamzam Restaurant in Samabula, Suva today and filmed an episode at the popular Indian restaurant alongside local celebrity host Andhy Blake.

He will travel to different locations and try out a variety of local dishes in the next few days.

Wiens now resides in Bangkok with his wife Ying and their six-year-old son, Micah who sometimes features in videos.

The family makes up the entire production team, with Wiens either setting up his camera on a tripod, filming in selfie mode, or handing over to Ying.

Until a few months ago, Wiens edited every video himself, which could take several days. For the past decade he’s shared two videos a week, only recently cutting back to six videos a month.

He attributes much of his success to consistently providing content to his viewers, though he no longer has time to also publish written articles on his blog.

“I love the food that local people are eating. My goal has actually always been to make videos that might even inspire local people to explore their own backyard or their own city, rather than create videos for travellers,” he said in a recent interview during his tour of Australia.

“I really do think that every country has something unique to offer.”

Reginald Chandar
Reginald Chandar
Head of News & Sports | news@fijilive.com

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